PM warns of incineration tax if poor recycling performance continues

Prime minister Theresa May has repeated a warning that the government will consider the introduction of a tax on the incineration of waste if recycling targets are not met.

Speaking during questions at the House of Commons last week, May said the tax would work in conjunction with the landfill tax.

However, she added that energy-from-waste plants “play an important role in reducing the rubbish sent to landfill”.

During the debate, Conservative MP Andrew Murrison said: “Surplus waste incinerator capacity is taking pressure off efforts to reuse, recycle and reduce waste.”

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